COVID-19: Mask Requirements in Canada

COVID-19 Support - July 9, 20 - Matt Macpherson

As the country slowly beings to open it is imperative that we do our part to keep flattening the curve and reduce cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). To continue to help flatten the curve in Canada it is recommended that Canadian citizens wear medical or non-medical masks to protect themselves from COVID-19.


Wearing a medical or non-medical mask such as a cloth mask is recommended to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Wearing a mask is beneficial for periods of time when it is not possible to consistently maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others, particularly in crowded public settings, such as:

  • stores
  • shopping areas
  • public transportation
  • when you are receiving essential services

Public health officials will make recommendations based on a number of factors, including the rates of infection and/or transmission in the community. Recommendations may vary from location to location.

Face coverings will not protect you from getting COVID-19.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island’s is strongly urging people to wear non-medical face masks indoors but so far isn’t recommending they be mandatory.

New Brunswick

Wearing a non-medical mask, also referred to as a community face maskis required when unable to maintain physical distancing in the community (i.e. grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.).

Public bus passengers in Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John will be required to wear a face mask.


Wearing a mask on public transit will become mandatory in Quebec starting July 13, 2020 for people age 12 and over. This obligation applies to buses, the subway, ferries, taxis, car services, etc.

In other public places where physical distancing of 2 metres is not possible, such as at the grocery store or in shops, wearing a face covering is strongly recommended.

Montreal: Montreal is set to make wearing masks indoors mandatory. The bylaw will be put into effect by July 27. The mandate also might extend throughout the Greater Montreal Area and other regions of the province.

Cote-Saint-Luc: Masks are mandatory in the suburb of Cote-Saint-Luc.


Manitoba has not made wearing masks mandatory.

It is encouraged to continue to follow COVID-19 protocols including following physical distancing guidelines to maintain two metres of separation, implementing proper hygiene practices.


Saskatchewan has not made wearing masks mandatory.

Residents are encouraged to follow the proper COVID-19 protocols including following physical distancing guidelines to maintain two metres of separation, implementing proper hygiene practices and complying with provincial health orders, including limiting the size of outdoor gatherings to 30.


Mandatory Masks in Public Spaces

Calgary & Edmonton – August 1st 2020

Banff – July 31st 2020

Lethbridge – Possibly August 10th 2020


British Columbia

Wearing a mask has not been made mandatory, it is a matter of personal choice and it might help to protect others.


Ontario has not made wearing a mask mandatory, but under Section 22 Class Orders under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) mandating masks be worn on public transit, taxis, and rideshares.

Toronto: Toronto has made it mandatory to wear face masks inside enclosed public spaces. Do not have to wear masks while eating on a patio or at most workplaces where physical distancing is possible.

Durham Region: Durham Region has said it will make masks mandatory for residents in public indoor spaces. All residents will be required to wear a face mask while visiting enclosed commercial or public spaces.

York Region: Face covering will be mandatory in Durham in most public indoor spaces.

Peel Region: Wearing masks in enclosed spaces mandatory.

Kitchener/Waterloo: Masks will be mandatory in indoor public spaces and on transit.

Ottawa, Leeds, Greenville and Lanark, and Renfrew County: Non-medical masks will be required in public indoor spaces.

Orangeville, Shelburne, Dufferin County-Guelph  all persons who own or operate a commercial establishment in WDGPH’s jurisdiction to prohibit persons without facial coverings from entering and ensure hand sanitizer is made available at all entrances.


Non-medical masks or face coverings should:

  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
  • maintain their shape after washing and drying
  • be made of at least two layers of tightly woven material (such as cotton or linen)
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping

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